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Will These Leagues Get Off The Ground

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from Kommersant,

The board of Russia’s Professional Hockey League (PHL) passed a decision yesterday, November 14, 2005, whereby the League’s status may change from the non-profit partnership to the joint stock company in the near term. Mikhail Margelov, head of foreign relations committee at the Federation Council, is expected to chair the BOD of the new company. This initiative of the PHL could be viewed as a response to proposal to create a Euro-Asian Hockey League (EAHL), which was presented by Federal Sports Agency’s head Vyacheslav Fetisov and backed up by a raft of clubs.

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Sullivan Cracks The Whip

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from the Boston Globe,

'It's about how we win, and how we lose," said Sullivan, perturbed after the lackluster effort that translated into a 5-2 loss to the Islanders in Uniondale Saturday night. ''It's unacceptable." Finally, one quarter of the way into the season, Club Causeway got its dander up a bit. For weeks, everyone connected to the club had been singing a happy song, despite bobbing along around .500, despite four times kicking away two-goal leads, despite usually displaying little or no emotion. Sullivan, as peeved as he's been since taking over the Bruins at the start of the 2003-04 season, led the club through a one-hour practice, one he repeatedly stopped for lengthy sessions of wind sprints. At one point, he stopped a drill and bellowed, to the entire rank and file, ''Do your own job! We are all trying to duplicate each other. Just do your own job!"

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Avery Rips NHLPA & Campbell

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from the Long Beach Press-Telegram,

Kings forward Sean Avery, upset about being fined $1,000 for an alleged diving incident, unleashed his verbal fury Monday after he learned the fine will not be revoked. "It's a (expletive) joke and the players' association is a (expletive) joke," Avery said. Avery received the fine after his second diving violation of the season, which took place Nov. 3 at Phoenix. Avery sought to appeal the fine, which the league office issued although Avery was not penalized on the play, but Avery will have to pay, and perhaps pay another fine after Monday's outburst. Avery said he took issue not with league referees but with league discipline czar Colin Campbell - who could not be reached for comment Monday - and other NHL officials. Avery said he feels he is being targeted by the league for his outspoken nature. "No question," Avery said. "I'm sure (the fine) is just an excuse for the league to do something to me. This is obviously Colin Campbell sitting at his desk, or whoever looks at the tape (making decisions)."

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Three Points For A Win

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from the Toronto Star,

The National Hockey League, which feels obliged to award three points in some of its games, should go all the way and award three points in each and every match. It should stop rewarding a team for losing, too. Since the newly stirred and shaken league has elected to embrace the shootout, and clearly for a significant period if not permanently, it should re-evaluate the importance of the outcome of games. So here's one suggestion: Three points for a win in regulation time or in overtime. Zero points for a defeat in regulation or in overtime.

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Heatley - Hossa Deal Works For Both Sides

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from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

The most interesting aspect of the Atlanta Thrashers' decision to trade Dany Heatley in August was that general manager Don Waddell kept Heatley's availability secret. About three months later, the deal — probably one of the most fascinating in NHL history — has benefited both teams. Heatley has 28 points and is tied for third in the league scoring race. Hossa has 23 points and DeVries has settled in as Atlanta's No. 3 defenseman.

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Thrashers Building A Dynasty

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from Fox Sports,

Throughout the history of the NHL, it has been proven that every dynasty and dominant team has had assets from its farm system to draw from. You can look at the Canadiens in the 1970s, the Islanders and Oilers in the '80s and the Red Wings and Devils in the '90s for proof. For Atlanta Thrashers general manager Don Waddell, it made perfect sense to follow a similar blueprint. After seven years at the draft table, the Thrashers are beginning to see their draft efforts pay dividends. The main reason that the Thrashers are headed in the right direction is that they have not squandered any of their first-round picks. At this point all of them have panned out so far and they have some depth from the later rounds, as well.

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Fighting Down 42%

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from the CP via TSN,

The message has been clear for hulking Ottawa Senators forward Brian McGrattan since the first day of training camp. If he wants to play in the NHL, he's going to have do more than just throw his fists. "If you only fight, there isn't a job anymore," McGrattan said Monday from Ottawa. "I have to work for my ice time and prove myself in other areas. "Our team is a fast team, a good-skating team. If you're not sharp in those areas, you're not going to play." Fighting in the new-look NHL has dropped 42 per cent since 2003-04, the last time the league had a season.

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Shawn Roarke Takes Us Around The NHL

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from Shawn P. Roarke of Fox Sports,

Periodically, it's good to clean out the notebook from countless games and practices, giving attention to those observations — both good and bad — that have slipped through the cracks. -Toronto's Bryan McCabe is not the second coming of Bobby Orr, trust me. Contrary to some reports out of Toronto, combined with some very kind words about McCabe from Boston's Brian Leetch — a teammate of McCabe's last year — the Leafs' defenseman is nothing more than a slightly above-average defenseman. -For those of you that thing New Jersey's problems begin and end with the injury to goalie Martin Brodeur, think again. -Speaking of tough guys, it's almost impossible to comprehend that Peter Worrell is slogging his way through the low minors. Not too long ago, Worrell was among the most feared fighters in the NHL.

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Elisha Back At It

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Ms. Cuthbert continues to update her blog on a regular basis. I think she is enjoying it.

When do you stop and say "enough is enough"? How are we supposed to know when to let tradition continue or let fate be our guide? I personally don't let habit or superstitions get in the way of my everyday life. Yet, somehow when it comes to hockey, I am constantly bombarded with thoughts that maybe if I continue doing this or that, my single actions will affect the game and I'll make the guys win!! I'm insane ... or am I?
more, and in case you don't know who she is, this may help (will open wmp video)

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Serious Relocation Talk- 2008

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The real test for the "new" NHL will come in 2008 or 2009 when some of the teams in non-traditional markets — think Florida, Tampa Carolina, Atlanta, Phoenix or Nashville — find they still cannot make it work financially, even with a new, owner-friendly CBA; that the only thing that fills a building in the southern States is winning; and that no team can bank on winning all the time. After three years of the new CBA, if the Panthers are still awash in red ink; or the Hurricanes; or the Predators; then that is when the issue of shifting one or more troubled franchises could move to the front burner. In the meantime, it'll be up to the financial movers-and-shakers in Winnipeg, in Kansas City — and yes, even in Toronto — to get their balance sheets and their bid books in order.

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